In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, the president said Comey told him directly, "You are not under investigation", when Trump asked him about the probe examining his campaign's possible collusion with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.
Sanders, speaking Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America", said, "I have heard that directly from him (Trump), that that information was relayed directly to him from Director Comey".
The publication was forced to issue a correction to the story after a White House official took issue with the exact details of Mr Spicer's whereabouts after he'd retreated to the shrubbery.
"That is not accurate", McCabe said.
"The Deputy Attorney General... made a determination that the FBI director had lost his confidence, made a recommendation to the Attorney General, the Attorney General concurred with that and forwarded that recommendation on to the president who agreed with their conclusions and terminated the FBI Director's position". On Thursday, the New York Times gave more insight into that dinner meeting, citing two sources close to Comey, nearly all of which the White House denies.
Again during their dinner, Mr. Trump told Comey he needed his loyalty.
The ousted director himself is said to be confident that his own version of events will come out, possibly in an appearance before Congress, according to an associate who has been in touch with him since his firing Tuesday. If you're Mr. Comey, do you say, "Yeah, you're the main target". Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense...
Over the last two days, White House officials repeatedly had said Trump did not decide to sack Comey until after he met with Sessions and Rosenstein in the Oval Office on Monday.
Trump, however, said that he was going to fire Comey "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation. The New York Times reports that Trump invited Comey to dinner in January and demanded he pledge his "loyalty". The first of three articles of impeachment adopted by the House Judiciary Committee against President Nixon accused him of obstructing the due administration of justice, in part by interfering with an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"I was going to fire Comey".
In the immediate aftermath, Democrats roundly condemned the firing while Republicans were split on whether to endorse it.
President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that he colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, in his strongest denouncement yet of the topic that has hounded his presidency.
Sanders maintained the White House's narrative hasn't changed.
The shifting story raises new questions about the White House's assertion that Trump was acting in the best interests of the bureau, as well as whether he was getting rid of Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation.
While Comey's firing may well intensify the investigation into Russian connections, Trump's intent and not his effectiveness will determine whether Comey's firing finds its way into an article of impeachment or a subsequent indictment.
"It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply". He said there has been no interference so far.
McCabe said it's a "highly significant investigation". And at that time he told me you are not under investigation.
Senator Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the senior Democrat on a panel overseeing the Justice Department, made the request in a letter.style="text-align: center;"